ws are created by the Congress of the United States of America and establish the highest order of legal authority over national parks.
Service-wide policies for the National Park Service are developed by the Office of Policy with public input and in accordance with applicable laws. Policies dictate many of the overall directions and procedures used by all parks.
Public Law 93-626 93rd Congress, H. R. 5773
January 3, 1975
"Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in order to preserve and protect the outstanding natural, scenic, scientific, ecologic, and historic values of certain lands, shoreline, and waters of the State of Florida, and to provide for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment of the same, there is hereby established the Canaveral National Seashore..."
Park RegulationsThe Code of Federal Regulations 36 CFR parts 1-199 and the Park Compendium provide a complete listing of park rules and regulations. These most specific rules are developed with public input to implement applicable law.
Emergencies: Park visitors should call 911
2019- CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE SUPERINTENDENT'S COMPENDIUM
SUPERINTENDENT'S COMPENDIUM of designations, closures, request requirements and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent for Canaveral National Seashore.
In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, Parts I through 7, authorize by Title 16, United States Code, Section 3, the following regulatory provisions are established for the property management, protection, government and public use of the portions of Canaveral National Seashore under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter I.
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The purpose of this compendium is to provide a written document which provides the special designations, closures, public use limits, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent. The preparation of a compendium is required under Section 1.7, T itle 54, Code of Federal Regulations and shall be made available to the public upon request. The compendium will be reviewed and updated annually to ensure adequate protection of the park' s resources, provide for public safety and enjoyment and to meet changes in recreational use patterns.
It is important to utilize this document in conjunction with Title 54 Code of Federal Regulations , since the compendium only addresses restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent or regulations that authorize special designations, closures or use limits. The use of this compendium in conjunction with park brochures, maps, signs and other media will provide a clear understanding of
Canaveral National Seashore rules and regulations for both National Park Service employees and our visitors.
Justification for Restrictions, Closures and Public Use Limits are established by the Superintendent of Canaveral National Seashore , Pursuant To 16 U.S. Code, Section 3, And Title 36, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7:
Part 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS
CLOSURES AND PUBLIC USE LIMITS
1.5(a) The authorization of activities shall be construed and the protection, management, and administration of these areas shall be conducted in light of the high public value and integrity of the National Park System and shall not be exercised in derogation of the values and purposes for which these various areas have been established, except as may have been or shall be directly and specifically provided by congress.
1.5(a)1 The following areas are closed to all public entry, permitted camping, authorized special
events and specified interpretive programs, during the period indicated for the protection of park resources. Research personnel who have cooperative agreements with Canaveral National Seashore, may have access to those areas.
The legislation creating Canaveral National Seashore allows for the closure of portions of the seashore to public hunting and trapping for reasons of public safety (93-626).
Because of the intensive recreational use that occurs on the narrow barrier island portion of the Seashore and the small islands of Mosquito Lagoon, these areas are closed to public hunting and trapping as per consultation with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. The area is closed to hunting except for administrative use and designated as USFWS waterfowl hunting areas.
I. Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Canaveral National Seashore is prohibited.
Definition: The term "unmanned aircraft" means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links.) The term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g. model airplanes, quadcopters, and drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.
1.5(a)(l)(2) Vessels may not operate or anchor within 500 feet (160 yards) of the mean low tide on any part of Canaveral National Seashore's ocean shoreline. This closure applies to all vessels including but not limit d to, any type of boat, sailboat, seaplane, personal watercraft or any other type of motorized vessel. This is established to protect wading fishermen, surfers, and swimmers year round. This excludes non-motorized boats or in cases of emergency to protect life and property.
The NASA (NASA) does not permit motorized vessels landing or launching from any part of the beach, which includes Canaveral National Seashore.
l.S(a) (2) Visitors are prohibited from possessing glass containers on the beach, boardwalks and parking lots. Beach and boardwalks are bounded by the eastern edge of the paved roads
Glass containers have been determined to be unsafe and detrimental to public health.
Section 1.6 Permits
Permits are required for the following activities:
Harvesting within oyster leased submerged lands is restricted to leaseholder only.
Part 2 - RESOURCE PROTECTION, PUBLIC USE AND RECREATION
Section 2.1 Preservation of natural, cultural and archeological resources
Driftwood is considered a hazard to navigation and may be collected from the beach east of the dune area (dune area previously described.) All archeological resources and cultural resources are protected by law, and may not be removed except by authority of the Superintendent.
2.l(c)(l) Amounts not to exceed one gallon/per person/per day of the following items that are not located within the dune area may be gathered for personal use or consumption: seagrapes, hickory nuts, prickly pear fruit, and unoccupied seashells taken from above the · waterline.
It has been determined that the gathering or consumption of these items will not adversely affect wildlife at Canaveral National Seashore, the reproductive potential of a plant species, or otherwise adversely affect the resources.
Section 2.10 Camping
2.l0(a)(l) Backcountry island camping is only permitted at designated areas within Volusia County. A permit is required. Fee includes $20/site/ night. No person, party or organization shall be permitted to camp for more than a total of 30 days in a calendar year. Backcountry camping is being permitted in accordance with the General Management Plan. This activity is being analyzed for impact upon the natural resources. Beach Camping is not permitted at Canaveral National Seashore.
Section 2.13 Fires
2.13(a)(1) Fires are permitted in grills or self-contained units designed for fires throughout the seashore or in designated areas at backcountry camping sites. Coal must be completely extinguished and removed from the beach. The park will implement and enforce fire bans set forth by the county during extreme drought conditions,. Propane and charcoal grills for cooking are allowed on the camping islands during this time.
Fires are restricted in use for the safety of the visitor and for the prevention of resource damage from uncontrolled visitor-lit fires and potential harm to nesting sea turtles.
Section 2.15 Pets
2.15(a)(l) Pets are prohibited from the boardwalks and the beach. In all othe r areas they must be on a leash and waste must be removed by the owners.
Pets were determined to be detrimental to public health and safety. Canaveral National Seashore allowed pets on the beach from 1975 until 1981. During this period, pets were allowed on a leash. In 1981 a total of 181 warnings were given for dogs running loose and a number of incidents were recorded concerning dog fights and dogs biting humans. Pets also interfere with native wildlife on the beach. Due to the confined space on a boardwalk, pets and leashes may impede the safe flow of foot traffic.
Section 2.16 Horses and Pack Animals
2.16(g)(l) A permit is required for the use of horses or pack anima ls and must be approved prior to the scheduled use date. Each horse MUST have a current Coggins certificate. The use of horses or pack animals is permitted only in designated areas of Apollo Beach beachside, by special use permit. Feces from horses or pack animals must be removed from the Seashore. Horses must not be allowed to consume vegetation. Horses must be walked across boardwalks unless a waiver has been obtained from the Superintendent for safety, insuranceor physically challenged reasons, to ride across the boardwalk. Commercial horseback or pack animal operations are not permitted within the park.
Horseback riding has been allowed since Canaveral National Seashore was created in 1975, and will continue unless it is detennined to be in conflict with other Seashore activities. Horseback riding on the beach is prohibite d from March 15 to December 15 due to sea turtle and shorebird nesting. Horseback riding is prohibited in the Playalinda district due to security concerns of NASA.
Section 2.2 Hunting
2.2(a) Waterfowl hunting is authorized within the boundaries of Canaveral National Seashore, only in designated areas administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (hunting areas previously described).
Section 2.21 Smoking
2.21 Smoking is prohibited within the interior portions of and within 15 feet of entrance to all buildings due to the presence of displays and the health effects on visitors and employees.
It has been determined that smoking poses a possible threat to sensitive display items including historical artifacts, photographs and fragile documents. Studies have also shown that ambient smoke poses a possible health hazard in closed areas.
Section 2.22 Property
2.22(a)(2) Visitors on authorized backcountry trips are permitted to leave vehicles unattended for the period specified on their camping permits. All sections of 2.22 apply.
Section 2.23 Recreational Fees
2.23 Fees are established as provided for in 36 CFR 71.2 and The Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act, 16 USC 6801-6814. Collection of fees is suspended for the day on August 25th each year, and additional " Fee Free" days, approved by the Department of Interior and the National Park Service. When park closures are necessa ry for
ad minist rative or emergency needs and approved by the Supt., fees will be suspended until the park or the respective park district re-opens.
Section 2.50 Special Events
2.50(a)(4) Permits will be denied for activities that would adversely affect access to or operation of parking areas, restroom accommodations, or boardwalks.
2.50(a)(6) Permits will be denied for activities that would adversely affect access to the beach or water areas of the park. Limits are placed on the locationof special events due to the limited number of parking areas, limited points of access to the beach areas, and limited number of restrooms available in consideration of the varied user groups that frequent the beach areas.
Section 2.51 Public Assemblies, Meetings
The dunes, boardwalks or the seashore proper are not areas available for first amendment activities- (damage to park resources). The special park conditions are listed and located in page 13 and they are incorporated in the Special Use Permit required for this activity.
Section 2.52 Sale or Distribution of Printed Matter
2.52 The special park conditions are listed and located on page 13, which is part of the Special Use Permit for this activity.
Section 2.6 Sand Holes
2.6 Digging holes on the beach has been determined to be inherently dangerous. It is prohibited to dig a hole beyond Knee deep, or leaving it unattended. Holes must be filled in prior to leaving your visit.
Digging holes on the beach is dangerous due to the weight and instability of sand. When a collapse occurs, rescue operations are hindered because as sand is being removed to free the victim, the hole created continues to collapse upon itself, making a successful rescue very difficult and dangerous. As the tide changes, sand holes near the water's edge fill in and act like quick sand. In addition to the potential danger of suffocation, holes dug in the beach present a danger to lifeguards and Law Enforcement rangers patrolling the beach, biological technicians working at night in low-light conditions to protect sea turtle nests, as well as park visitors (especially small children) walking on the beach. Sand holes are also hazardous to wildlife and can trap nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.
Proactive measures. Park employees shall educate beachgoers regarding the potential dangers of digging holes on the beach in order to prevent a possible tragedy from occurring. Discuss the dangers of sand holes to sea turtles at Turtle Watch programs.
Part 3 - BOATING AND WATER USE (PROHIBITED OPERATIONS)
Section 3.21 Swimming and Bathing
Boating and Water Use (prohibited operations)
Visitor launching of any type of vessel is prohibited along both sides of the park's entrance road, Beach Road, including the road shoulder areas expanded as Vistas.
Launching is not allowed because the waters on the southern side of the road, as you're heading east, are within the NASA Security buffer zone. Waters within the northern side of the road, as you're heading east, are managed by the U.S. F&WS and hunter access along Beach Road is prohibited in their hunting regulations. Vehicles left unattended alongside the road pose a safety hazard to park traffic, impact routine maintenance
operations , and are not in accordance with the desired aesthetics of this road as a Florida Scenic Highway.
Designated launch sites are identified as follows:
Part 4 - SPEED LIMITS
Section 4.21 Speed Limits
4.21(b) Unless otherwise designated, the speed limit of motorized vehicles traveling the road surface of Canaveral National Seashore will be a maximum of 35 miles per hour. The 35 mile per hour limit is selected as the maximum allowable safe limit due to a variety of factors, such as the lar ge number and frequency of visitor vehicle access points, parking along the roadway, blind curves, bicyclists use and unprotected water hazards along the roadway.
The speed limit is 15 miles per hour within all parking areas, other places of public assembly, and at emergency scenes.
Section 4.30 Bicycles
4.30(b) The beaches of Canaveral National Seashore are designated as a natural environment subzone, special use zone, and as such, the use of bicycles is permitted. It has been determined that the use of bicycles on the beaches of Canaveral National Seashore is not detrimental to the resources of the seashore and does not interfere with other visitor uses of the beach. Visitors must follow state law 316.2065, Chapter 316 Bicycle Regulations.
36 CFR § l.S(a) (2) E-Bikes
E-bikes are allowed where traditional bicycles are allowed. E-bikes are not allowed where traditional bicycles are prohibited, including wilderness areas. Except on park roads and other locations where use of motor vehicles by the public is allowed, operators may only use the power provided by the electric motor to assist pedal propulsion of an e bike. The intent of this policy is to allow e-bikes to be used for transportation and recreation in a similar manner to traditional bicycles.
Definition of E-bike
An e-bike is a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (I h.p.) that provides propulsion assistance. A Federal definition of " low speed electric bicycle" is included in the Consumer Product Safety Act.
Many States have adopted policies for regulating e-bikes consistent with this Federal definition, including in some cases a labeling requirement identifying an e-bike's compliance with the following classifications:
"Class I electric bicycle" shall mean an electric bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.
"Class 2 electric bicycle" shall mean an electric bicycle equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.
"C lass 3 electric bicycle" shall mean an electric bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of28 miles per hour.
Devices with electric motors of 750 watts (1 hp.) or more of power and not included as Class I, Class 2 or Class 3 in the classification system above should be managed as motor vehicles under 36 CFR part 4. Under 36 CFR 4.10, motor vehicles are allowed on park roads and on routes and areas designated for off-road motor vehicle use.
A person operating an e-bike is subject to the following sections of 36 CFR part 4 that apply to the use of traditional bicycles: sections 4.12, 4.13, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23, and 4.30(h)(2)-(5).
Except as specified in this Compendium, the use of an e-bike within Canaveral National Seashore is governed by State law, which is adopted and made a part of this Compendium. Any violation of State law adopted by this paragraph is prohibited.
FIRST AMENDMENT AREAS
Areas Available for First Amendment activities:
Specific parking spaces designated within the parking lots as follows:
Areas where first amendment activities are not authorized:
First Amendment activities are not authorized anywhere else in the Seashore including:
Other factors affecting the time, place and manner of First Amendment activities at the Canaveral National Seashore include:
Approximately 40,000 acres of Canaveral National Seashore are managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (generally the area north of State Highway 402, west of the road behind the ocean dune line, south of the Gomez-Grant line and west of State Highway 3) and activities in this area fall under theirmanagement prerogative.
Canaveral National Seashore is home to 14 endangered species whose existence and habitat has various degrees of protection under Public Law 93-205 .
Canaveral National Seashore contains over 100 historic/archeological sites including Native American grave-sites whose location and serenity are protected under Public Law 101-601.
Canaveral National Seashore contains seven (7)_o yster leases whose i..itilization is retained by the lease.
Persons are prohibited from engaging in activities to obstruct or impede pedestrians or vehicles, or harassing Canaveral National Seashore visitors with physical contact.
Canaveral National Seashore contains several administrative areas and facilities such as fee booths, ranger stations and maintenance areas where safety (hazardous materials and machinery), security, and management functions are underway.
Criteria outlined in CFR 36 2.51
SPECIAL PARK CONDITIONS
In addition to the conditions found on the Special Use Permit, these Special Park Conditions are added as park specific guidelines.
Last updated: December 13, 2019